Updated: Feb 2, 2021
Crisp, fresh apple coated in a thin layer of beautiful hard candy! A fair staple that can now be recreated at home! Candy making is a lot easier than its made out to be, anyone can do it, and it only takes a few simple ingredients!
Yields: 2 large candy apples
For the candy apples
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsps corn syrup
1/4 cup water
food dye of any color (optional)
2 popsicle sticks
a Food/Candy Thermometer
A small container of water and a basting brush
Greased parchment paper
A wire rack (optional, explained in step 3)
For removing wax on your apples:
3 cups boiling water
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
1. Wash your apples, remove any stickers plus the stem. Dry them.
2. If your apples are waxed, the candy coating will not stick to the apple well. To remove the wax, boil 3 cups of water and add 1/2 tbsp vinegar (white vinegar or apple cider vinegar). Then just dunk the apples in the solution for just 5 seconds. Rinse with cold water and dry completely.
3. Jab a popsicle stick into each apple right where the stem was. Grease a piece of parchment paper and set it by your work station. This is what you'll rest your coated candy apples on to cool. Optionally, you can set them on a wire rack with parchment paper below it to let any excess candy drip down. This way you won't end up with a hardened candy puddle at the base of your candy apple.
4. In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and corn syrup on medium heat. Give it a quick stir to combine the ingredients. This is the only time you will stir this candy. It is important that you don't stir it throughout the whole process.
5. Bring the mixture to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. When the mixture starts boiling, use your basting brush to brush the sides of your saucepan with water. This is really important, as this prevents sugar crystals from forming on the sides of the pot that could later feed back into your mixture and wreck your candy. Continue to brush the sides with water as it simmers.
6. When your candy is almost at 300, add your food dye until you reach your desired color. When the thermometer reads 300 degrees Fahrenheit, turn off the heat and immediately dip your apples in the candy. Set them onto your greased parchment or wire rack to cool for 5-10 minutes. If you have any extra candy, you can pour it into greased molds or onto greased parchment paper (if you have any lollipop sticks, that may be a fun thing to add before it hardens). Enjoy!
Feel free to comment below or reach me on Instagram @eats.by.eli if you have any questions, if you have made this recipe, and if so, what you thoughts were! Best wishes!